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The Glass Staircase is an homage to PS2  survival horror and Italian zombie movies.

It's been a long time since you've seen your parents, hasn't it? Not to worry, girls. Just listen to the voice on the intercom. Do what they say. They've provided you a home. They've provided you food. They will make you into good girls.

This old house has never treated you wrong, now has it? Now be good girls, all
of you. The Master will need you to be strong during these troubling times.

Remember: Good girls take their medicine. Good girls do their chores. Good
girls go home.

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5.95 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The Glass Staircase (Windows) 1.04.zip 1 GB
The Glass Staircase (Mac) 1.04.zip 1,019 MB
TheGlassStaircase_x86.tar.gz 1 GB
TheGlassStaircase_x86_64.tar.gz 1 GB

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Hi, i've been having trouble getting this to run on Debian. Any suggestions? i'm so pumped to play, i'm getting a windows laptop soon but i'd love to be able to get the glass staircase to run on debian. 

Dunno if you still have this issue, but I'm running Pop OS and I had to switch the game to windowed mode before it wouldn't crash when i clicked "new game" 

Wich program did you use to make this game?

I think they used unity?


love the classic ps2 feel to this game!

Survival Horror для Русских Пацанов!!!

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The game keeps crashing on me.  When i walk through a room,  when the intercom comes on.   Right from the beginning. The game is unplayable.....     why is this happening?  Kinda want a refund if it cant be fixed

EDIT:     Nevermind....  if i run it on low graphics it doesnt crash.  idk.... it doesnt look as pretty but the story is pretty intriguing. 


A video of The Riverside Incident to give you an idea of other great puppet combo games!

I bought this game,how can I get it?

You should see a button that says download. Follow that.

nowhere can find the download


It should be listed in https://itch.io/my-collections

If not, you can email support@itch.io for help with downloading.

Are there multiple endings?


No, just one.

Just curious, how long is the gameplay?

About an hour and a half to  two hours.

Oh thanks! :o)

I bought this to play on mac, but it won't install. Or if I use Itch/io installer it doesn't start

Hi please email me: ben[at]puppetcombo.com so I can help you with the issue.

Hi, thanks for the reply. Turns out it just needed the resolution lowered. Thanks. Really enjoying the game.

why are there zero audio setting? or am i just crazy? how do i fix this?


I didn't think it needed one since you can adjust the volume on your speakers

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I just purchased the game and I can't even get past the start screen when I select new game. I followed the read me. Are there certain PC specs this game needs to run?

EDIT: Looks like I had to low the quality on my other PC. I'll have to use my gaming rig for this.

Yes the game may have difficulty in normal settings on integrated graphics cards. Playing in low quality should run fine.

I'm wondering are you doing the games alone or do you have a small team?

Other than the bunch of notes, the game is a masterpiece <3 Thank you for letting us mortals play it.


Do you use Unity to make those games? They are awesome btw!

I can no longer access the options menu during gameplay. When I press ESC it just pauses the game and no menu pops up. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling. Nothing I try works to get the game working properly again.

Hi please email me: ben[at]puppetcombo.com so I can help you with the issue.

And I almost forgot, you just gorgeous game continue in the same spirit, Russia approves :D



I think Devolver Digital would love it they love games with this genre and with the old or pixel graphics


Great game. Thanks for supporting Linux!

How do I save?


It saves automatically at checkpoints.

I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to playing computer games but can I use my PS3 controller for this? It's plugged it but it doesn't work. It works for emulated games. Forgive my ignorance. How can I play this with a PS3 controller? Is it even possible?


NOTE  - tinybaby messaged me on twitter and we were able to sort this out with button remapping


Absolutely. Puppet Combo was super accessible on Twitter and responded right away and was a big help in me playing this game. I'm not a savvy computer gamer (I'm one of those dreaded console gamers) but I wanted to check this game out due to my love of ps1/ps2 era survival horror games. I'm glad I checked it out. 

my ps4 controller seems to work fine at the main menu but it isn't recognized once i'm in game, and all the controller mapping features within the options are grayed out. any help would be appreciated! stunning looking game!

I can't remap the controls. I want to switch the positioning of run and action, on a 360 controller, and when I do, it shows in the menu that it has changed, but the actual controller inputs remain default.


Thanks for letting me know. I will look into it.


Thanks for the quick reply, I forgot to check this site for a response. I made a membership for this game, so I forgot it existed, lol. I wasn't able to fix the controller issue, but I beat the game anyway. I think you did a great job on it.

Had a slight problem where the second to last boss would not come down so I could fight him, but it's alright. I'm glad there were key bindings for a PS4 controller. That made the whole experience a lot more fun.

Make sure you turn on all 4 switches first.

Here is part 2 of my playthrough of The Glass Staircase. It actually got more terrifying! Not really as terrifying as your other games but it's still pretty terrifying!

Not much of a fan of the whole gameplay, especially the rifle aim. I know you've already patched it but it's still a bit of a problem lol

Amazing game. Well done! 


put this game on Steam please


I will be in the future! Key will be provided if you get on itch

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how long does it take to beat the game approximately?


Average playtime is 1.5-2.5 hours. It's around movie length.

Am I missing somthing where is the sound bars? This game is LOUD AF and im trying to still talk in discord without turning my pc sound down to 30%

They will be added to the next (and hopefully final) update 


seen the game played start to finish. wish this was on steam so i can buy it. i only buy steam games :)


I only buy games that aren't on steam.


I only buy games on Epic Store and Itch.io and Steam


I only buy games that are on itch.io.


Played this game and I am loving it! Although, I have been focusing more on the atmosphere and not on the story. This is why I start getting a little "bored". Next time, I will have a different approach of attitude when playing this game.


Hi There! Bought this game last night, but when I play, the menu doesn't appear when I hit the ESC button, the characters simply pause.


Hi, that is very strange. I haven't heard about any issues like that in any testing so far. Please email me ben[at]puppetcombo.com Thanks

Is there a fix for this? Because I am now having the same issue.

I was playing the linux version downloaded on Patreon/Google Drive link and the game crashed at Dorothy phase, probably last scene :(

Oh I think I know why, the Google Drive link had just the x86 version and not the x86-64 version ... but now I'm not on Patreon anymore :'( this is sad...

Hi, yes you are right, I did not have the 64-bit version uploaded. Please email me: ben[at]puppetcombo.com


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Linux Build is up!

What kind of timeframe are you looking at for a Steam release?

In the next few months,

Hi! I would like to download the game and play on Mac. Which system requirements are on Mac for running the game? Thanks :) 

Hi, I imagine any mac from the past 5 years would be able to run it fine. One of my problems with doing mac version, is not actually owning one to test it. But refund is always an option if it doesn't run on your system.

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Hey some new features have been added in version 1.03!

  • Aim-assist (especially helpful when using a controller)
  • Rebind-able keys
  • A low res mode that runs the game with no shadows (for older computers)
  • and lots of little fixes and improvement.

I'm planning a Steam release at some point, so you'll receive a key in the future when it launches if you purchase on itch.

That should cover most of the requested features I've seen that I agree should be added. Linux mode is hopefully coming next.

This looks pretty great, but I don't own any Windows systems; Is there any chance of a Linux version?


Thanks. I will do a Linux version if possible.


The Linux version is up.

is this game fullscreen only?  

No, you can start it in windowed mode. I'm working on a menu option to toggle full screen in the next update.

nice, I only have one monitor so I gotta stream windowed games.  thanks for the response

Window / Full Screen toggle has now been added in game

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The game is actually really well made and has a great horror atmosphere, I even made a video on it! (2 more coming soon) However I did encounter a bug maybe? I beat Dorothy and made my way to where the monster first attacks you, I died but when I went back to face the monster, I can see him standing on the scaffolding but nothing I do triggers the attack anymore, spent about 20 minutes trying to get him to go! Either way, great game!


Awesome! You probably need to turn on the control panels.


I've turned on all 3 control panels, the first encounter i had 1 not activated and the cutscene activated but the second time all 3 were turned on before I entered the boss room.

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